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Climate ChangePromoting pollution – from fast fashion to fancy cruises

Promoting pollution – from fast fashion to fancy cruises

Social justice and equity inside and between countries also call for a responsive approach. Wealthy, and historically heavily polluting countries have signed up to cut back emissions far faster than poorer ones in recognition of their larger role in creating the climate crisis. But heavy marketing of huge, inefficient SUVs in wealthy countries has pushed people within the improper direction in a really short time-frame

Sectors now being promoted that are also pushing wealthier countries within the improper, more polluting direction include the promoting of fast fashion, environmentally-damaging food, holidays abroad, prolonged sea tourism in the shape of cruises, and the marginally different case of fossil fuel financiers, alongside other goods and services.

Pushing pollution

On their current trajectories, and driven by massive promoting campaigns, promoting in these sectors is driving rising over-consumption with huge impacts, and making effective climate motion harder.

By 2030, emissions from fashion are expected to rise by almost 50 percent. At the present rate of growth, meat consumption in Europe is predicted to not fall, but to rise by 76 percent by 2050, but it has been estimated that it must drop by 71 percent by 2030, and 81 percent by 2050, to fulfill climate goals.

The worldwide cruise industry is growing rapidly at an estimated 11 percent per yr as much as 2028, and a few cruise ships could also be even more carbon intensive per passenger than flying. 

Greenwashing can also be a pervasive issue that should be tackled in promoting, and is in some ways much more insidious since it creates the false sense of climate motion going down, and leaves individuals with a false sense of security that the issue is in hand. 

Altogether these examples highlight the necessity for a much bigger, broader conversation about promoting as an obstacle to climate motion.

 Worse it raises promoting’s role in driving demand for polluting products and lifestyles, just as official advice and climate policy is trying to cut back them. In other words, there are lots of more varieties of promoting which can be undermining our long-term survival possibilities than individuals are generally aware of.

Offsets off-target

Adverts are increasingly stuffed with guarantees to offset the impact of purchases. Nonetheless, offsetting doesn’t reduce emissions and should actually make the issue worse by delaying real emissions reductions at their source. 

A series of investigations into established and well-regarded voluntary carbon markets – the first route through which offsets are purchased and sold – has shown that greater than 90 percent of rainforest offsets are completely worthless and have led to no actual reductions in emissions. 

What’s more, these nature-based offset schemes fall prey to the very harms they claim to stop: climate-induced droughts and wildfires that ravage forests and release ‘offset’ carbon back into the atmosphere where it should stay for years and years to return.

False solutions

As a part of the USA and EU each launching huge subsidy programmes to stimulate green innovation, some large firms are promoting unproven and unscalable technologies as a option to cut emissions. 

The promotion of hydrogen boilers within the UK as an answer to decarbonising heating follows this path. Nonetheless, quite a few studies showing that using hydrogen for heating is a poor option – less economic, less efficient, more resource intensive, and related to larger environmental impacts than heat pumps. 

Yet, hydrogen boilers proceed to be pushed by industry and supported by the UK government. What’s more, the overwhelming majority of hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels. 

The truth is, at the tip of 2021, almost 47 per cent of worldwide hydrogen production got here from gas, 27 per cent from coal, 22 per cent from oil, and 4 percent from electrolysis. In line with the UN renewable energy body, IRENA, just one percent of worldwide hydrogen production was produced using renewable energy. 

Advertisements for hydrogen boilers and other false solutions, reminiscent of ExxonMobil’s algae biofuels and bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), are more likely to lock-in more emissions within the near term, delay the deployment of genuinely transformative technologies, and permit big polluters to keep up market share and social licence.

Stop promoting harm

Bans on tobacco marketing are a transparent historical precedent for regulating the commercial of products that harm health and have big social costs. 

In light of the harms attributable to climate breakdown, including harm to public health far in excess of tobacco, calls are growing for ‘tobacco-style’ bans on promoting for top carbon products.

The World Health Organisation and UN Environment Programme have endorsed recommendations for a ‘tobacco-law’ to finish promoting for fossil fuels. 

Although with some loopholes, in 2022 the French government banned advertisements for energy products derived from fossil fuels, including petrol products and energy from the combustion of coal. 

Elsewhere, within the absence of national level laws, a spread of municipalities and public transport bodies in Australia, the Netherlands and the UK have introduced local restrictions on promoting and sponsorship of probably the most polluting products across outdoor promoting, print and online media.

Reversing the climate emergency is proving difficult enough without the promoting industry undoing any progress by promoting polluting products and lifestyles. 

Many are bewildered that so little appears to occur given what science is saying in certainly one of society’s ears in regards to the needs for immediate, widespread and rapid change. 

But that might be because, in the opposite ear high carbon promoting doesn’t just tell us to hold on as usual, but to extend consumption of damaging things. It leaves an enormous query that demands a solution from regulators: what should we stop promoting to lift our survival possibilities?

This Writer

Andrew Simms is co-director of the Latest Weather Institute, co-founder of the Badvertising campaign, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, an creator on latest and green economics, and co-author of the unique Green Latest Deal. Follow on: t. @AndrewSimms_uk m. @andrewsimms@indieweb.social

The briefing: From Fast Fashion to Fancy Cruises – What Should we Stop Promoting to Raise our Survival Probabilities? is published by Badvertising and Adfree Cities and might be found at: https://www.badverts.org/publications


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